I say its ironic because overall I think the Panthers had more flags picked up, i.e...decisions made in the their favor, than most teams this past season. But Rivera isn't just pointing out an obvious problem, he's offering a solution:
Ron Rivera wants consistency in pass interference calls - NFL.com
"On one side of it, it's such a huge play, it can impact a game," Rivera said. "I mean, a guy can throw the ball from the 50-yard line into the end zone and now it's a judgment call, now that ball goes from being on the 50 to being on the 1-yard line. That to me is a huge impact. ... "Maybe you need to look at it any time the ball is thrown into the end zone, because I mean a 49-yard swing, so I think there are some things that really have to be considered," he continued.
Even in the offseason, Ron is rocking the riverboat.
What Rivera is proposing is that any PI calls in the end zone get a booth review. Now on the surface it seems like a good idea if it can prevent a critical, bad call. But my worry here is that start the traverse the slippery slope of eventually reviewing every single play. Next thing you know we end up with a game slower than golf. Maybe that is a little extreme. How about we allow a HC to use a red flag on a PI call in the end zone? Just some food for thought.
On a side note, I had to chuckle at the newest play on the 'Riverboat' nickname. I think its here to stay. We will have to use the offseason to stock up on some uses to break out this fall.